January 23 (Renewables Now) - Danish developer Ørsted SA (CPH:ORSTED) on Wednesday announced a research partnership with several universities to better understand the habitat and behaviour of the North Atlantic right whale in the company's offshore wind lease areas in the US.
Ørsted US Offshore Wind intends to develop tailored processes and procedures to ensure better protection of the North Atlantic right whale during the survey, construction and operation phases of its US offshore wind projects. To gather the data it needs, it has launched the three-year Ecosystem and Passive Acoustic Monitoring project in the partnership with Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, the University of Rhode Island (URI), and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).
The project will use data from two sound detection buoys deployed by the WHOI and one experimental buoy deployed by URI. In addition, an unmanned glider led by Rutgers will provide real-time oceanographic data and detections of marine mammal vocalisations.
The latest agreement follows an initial memorandum of understanding between Ørsted and Rutgers University in May 2019 to back academic research activities in relation to offshore wind.